Letters: Brexit is not boring – it’s a disaster!
Graham Jackson in his letter (May 3) says he’s bored reading about Brexit in the recent Steve Cowdry-Des Morgan duel, and prefers to read more interesting things like potholes?
I do not agree. Brexit is the UK’s biggest political event in our life. It has only just started to be implemented and cannot work without massive disruption and change across the UK. I can only imagine Graham hasn’t figured this out yet. Who can blame him? Covid has helped Johnson’s government mask the effects of his hard-hitting Brexit deal, and a determined campaign of silence has toned down media reports and driven the opposition into silence.
I applaud Steve for his courage and honesty because he has consistently spoken out against this English nationalist disaster known as Brexit and called it out for what it is: a massive case of the New Clothes of the emperor. Brexiteer Rails against Steve’s assumption that his pro Brexit views must be right-wing, claiming he has never stated his political position, but simply believes that EU membership ‘never has had many benefits for the UK ”.
I can only think that Des must have lived a sheltered life. If he had worked and traveled a lot in Europe, or employed European nationals in the 80s and then in the 90s, he would know the enormous difference and the advantages that our European passports suddenly gave us. If he had been involved in import / export he would understand the huge new burdens on our trade inflicted by Johnson’s Brexit. If his wife were European, he would know firsthand the onerous process and the reduced status that the new establishment status infers. Likewise, if he had planned a job, retirement or semi-retirement anywhere in the EU, he would know how easy it would have been if we were still in the EU, but how difficult it would be if we were still in the EU. is embarrassing now. Studying or training in Europe is now much more expensive outside the European Erasmus exchange program. It doesn’t mean anything about our lost security cooperation, our environmental cooperation, the potential for joint climate action, increased cybersecurity risks and corporate tax evasion, plus thousands billions leaving the city for the financial poles of Europe, therefore less tax revenue for public services.
If Des were Northern Irish he would know Brexit has led to a resurgence of ‘unrest’ and if he was Scottish he would sense how Brexit is recruiting support for independence. However, the tough, ultra-patriotic Des speaks of brave little England (not Scotland, Wales or NI), and says it’s all the EU’s fault.
Des credits NATO for the peace in Europe and says it is mainly thanks to British and American money. What about France’s massive contribution? Or the fact that Germany was divided after the war and discouraged from militarization? What about the current NATO Baltic and Eastern European states acting as a bulwark against possible Russian aggression? NATO was formed to contain the USSR and has always been linked to greater European cooperation. The war in Yugoslavia took place outside the then EU, before the accession of the former Communist countries, and this led to the formation of a pan-European rapid reaction force, of which the UK was a staunch contributor. Des seems to misunderstand all of this in his enthusiasm for the Brexit Emperor’s new clothes.
So I say thank you to Steve and please don’t stop writing about Brexit. From Graham, I look forward to compelling pothole stories.
View of the woods
Identifying voters a threat
Voter identification is not about protecting our democracy. It is about limiting our democratic freedom. It could prevent a dozen fraud complaints, but could rob millions of people of their rights. Best for Britain reported data which shows that in 2015 3.5 million citizens, or 7.5% of the electorate, had no access to any photo ID.
The government also plans to dismantle the Election Commission watchdog and defeat the judicial review, which overturned the Prime Minister’s illegal prorogation of Parliament in 2019. The mayors’ elections in England will be deferred by one-round majority vote – the only countries in Europe which still use this obsolete systems of national legislatures are the United Kingdom and Belarus.
If you take all of these steps together, as a coordinated and insidious attack on the democratic fabric of the UK, the government clearly wants to avoid accountability, in parliament, in court and at the polls. It is obvious that progressive parties should work together to end these measures, not only to hope to implement their own programs, but to protect our democracy.
It is high time we made our electoral system fair so that the election results truly reflect the will of the people and that every vote is counted. I think it is high time that we seriously worked to restore confidence in our political system. And until we have a fairer voting system, progressive parties must unite to resist the uncontrolled concentration of power in the hands of those at the top.